New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
applied in super high-speed trains and the use of nuclear resonance for medical diagnosis.
Research in superconductivity by Chu and Bell Laboratories is scheduled to be published in January in Physical Review Letters, a physics journal.
Both Chu and Dynes said more research is needed before the find can be used. Chu said he did not know how long it would take to develop practical applications.
Chu used a lanthanum-barium-copper-oxide conducting material, subjected it to pressure of a few hundred thousand pounds per square inch and used liquid helium to cool it.
Ultimately, scientists hope to use liquid nitrogen, which is cheaper and better at cooling, said Roy Weinstein, dean of natural science at the University of Houston. Liquid nitrogen has a temperature of minus 320.8 degrees.
At Bell Laboratories, the process did not involve continuous pressure. Dynes said. Attorney George Indig said Bell officials did not want to divulge specifics of the process to preserve patent rights.
In April, an International Business Machine Corp. group in Zurich, Switzerland, observed superconductivity at about minus 390 degrees. But that was an uncontrolled experiment and the scientists were unable to repeat it, Weinstein said.ObituariesElla Erfurt
Services are pending at Zoeller Funeral Home for Ella Erfurt of 1325 Katy. Erfurt, 78, died Dec. 31 at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
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HOUSTON (AP) - Two groups of scientists say increases they achieved in the temperature at which superconductivity occurs could some day mean billions of dollars in savings for electricity consumers.
Superconductivity, a phenomenon in which electricity can pass through electricai conductors without resistance, was originally thought to occur only at temperatures close to absolute zero, or minus 459.7 degrees Fahrenheit, the point at which the normal motion of molecules ceases.
In 1973 scientists achieved superconductivity at minus 417.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
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New Braunfels Area Humane Society employee Elizabeth Kelly really wants someone to adopt Shad, a I'/a year-old Border Collie mix who already has had its shots. Shad and other adoptable pets are at the animal shelter, 1920 Kuehler. The society also is continuing its annual food drive and is taking donations of dry dog and cat food and cat litter. Donation boxes are set out at both Wuest's and donations can be taken to the shelter. Hours are IO a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; noon to6 p.m. Thursday.
On Tuesday, Paul C W. Chu, a physics professor at the University of Houston, announced that he and his assistants raised the temperature to minus 387 degrees.
And at AT&T Bdl Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ., researchers achieved minus 390.1 degrees, Bob Dynes, director of chemical and physics research, said Tuesday.
“This has such great promise,” Chu said at a news conference, adding that he believed the temperature could be raised even more.
Advances in superconductivity could eventually be used in many areas, including the generation of fusion energy and the generation, storage and transmission of electricity, Chu said.
Because almost no power would be lost in transmission through a superconducting power line, power plants could some day be built long distances from the people they serve, Dynes said
Cooling conductors to achieve superconductivity is expensive and technologically complex. Scientists hope that by raising the temperature at which superconductivity occurs, they can make superconductivity cheaper and easier to achieve.
Superconductivity already is being
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The tourist industry in New Braunfels brought in about $52 million in 1986. Purdum noted that tourism still ranks behind manufacturing and payroll as the'city’s top revenue-producing mediums.
Tourist promotion in the Dallas-Fort Worth area paid off this year, the chamber executive said. “We recently began marketing those areas just by chance and it paid off for us,” he said, noting that New Braunfels already annually reaps tourist dollars from visitors from the Houston and coastal area.
Purdum said that oil economy declines in that region would have hurt the local tourist scene had it not been for promotions in other cities. “We didn’t know then what the economy was going to do,” he said, mentioning the chamber's promotions. “lf the state economy hurt us, it didn’t hurt us much.”
He said that San Antonio has in recent years begun acknowledging New Braunfels as an asset to its tourism promotions and he expects New Braunfels to reap some rewards through a major event happening in San Antonio late next year.
The Pope is set to visit San Antonio Sept. 13 and Purdum said the town should be able to fill a lot of hold rooms with visitors to the city.
“We expect to get a lot of hotel occupancy overflow from there,” Purdum said, noting that some hotels In San Antonio have already begun taking reservations for rooms during that time. He said that will be a good opportunity to introduce New Braunfels to people who have never been here before.
A significant milestone for the chamber in 1966 was the December agreement with the city on a five-year contract for allocations of the 6 percent hotel-motel room occupancy levy. Previous contracts ran for two years, but chamber officiate urged the five-year pact for long-range planning for both administrative and promotion reasons.
“Qty council’s unanimous approval of that contract was a signal to the chamber and that signal was confidence and support. It was very
important to us in many regards!” Purdum said.
Attendance at Wurstfest rebounded from lags in recent years as well, Purdum said. The annual festival that once drew more than 160,000 visitors during its 10-day run had slipped to 120,000.
Purdum said that the attendance drops were due largely to rules and regulation changes initiated by the festival to draw a more family-oriented throng. Relying heavily on visitors from San Antonio, he also said the economy played a role in attendance figures recently.
Wurstfest also operated for the first year apart from the chamber. He said the festival is now a separate, self-sustaining organization which marks a very important step in the progress of the event.
Another on going activity by the chamber is a white water feasibility study, which will review possibility of creating a white water course for kayakers and earners that could be used by olympic training teams, amatuers and tourists.
Purdum said there is only one such course in the United States located at Fort Bend, Ind. He said the drawback to the Indiana course is that it is not usable in the winter and that a course here could be used nearly year around. The reusability study is being performed by the same engineering firm that designed the Fort Bend course.
A key mode for growth planning according to Purdum is the Austin-San Antonio corridor economic development task force of which Purdum is a founding member. The task force is made up of representatives of a six-county area along the corridor. “If we can keep the council funded, it can be a very effective vehicle for us to use, ” he said.
• Among the goals of the task force is economic growth and planning as development increases along the corridor. The council also compiles tourism brochures and pertinent data for the communities involved.
“Overall we’ve had a very good year,” Purdum said, adding that he expects the coming year to be even better as the new chamber activities and programs begin to unfold.
JARetiree can collect a hobby
New Year's Day in New Braunfels will be partly cloudy and cold with north winds near 15 mph
The National Weather .Service forecast for Friday calls for mostly cloud-' skies and a 20 percent chance of rain The early morning low will be In the mid isis and the afternoon high will reach the mid 50s
Temperatures near Canyon Lake and in the Hill Country will be a bit lower with Friday morning’s low dropping to the lower :mis lite hoi idy weekend will be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain
South Texas: Highs Thursday in the 50s north to the 60s south. Lows tonight near 30 Hill Country to the mid 40s extreme south
North Texas Partly sunny, but cool Thursday Highs 50s
West Texas: Mostly cloudy
areawide Thursday. Colder areawide tonight and Thursday. Isolated showers far west on Thursday. Lows tonight upper teens Panhandle to upper 20s Concho Valley except middle :*>s Big Bend valleys. Highs Thursday middle 40s to middle 50s
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BV CAROL ANN AVERY Correspondent
Gary Gaston. 7. son of Mr and MrB. Gary Gaston had his tonsils removed Wednesday morning, on an out-patient basis Gary is back home and doing well.
Goonie Mills bagged a 4 pointer this last weekend that dressed out . at 74 pounds, looking forward to tooting a bit of the sausage or maybe a deer steak.
Mr. and Mrs Dave McDougall had the honors of having their son home from Ft Leonardwood where ha Is In basic training, as well as tho root of the family, 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren home for the holidays.
Richard Mormon visited relatives in Houston for Christmas and has roturned safely for the New Years calibrations here in Lake Dunlap
Charles D and Tammy Mills are hosting her brother from Corpus
The Riverbend Security Patrol was started in October. Reports are that it is still going strong and things have really quieted down. Much less vandalism and fewer teens on streets late at night. The patrol covers all of the Riverbend area The successful efforts of this patrol has arroused interest from Barber Lake Shores and Lakewood Shadows in either starting their own patrol or assisting in the Riverbend patrol and extending the territory covered to include their areas.
Troy Woolf who heads the organization is a retired police officer from Indiana
Franklin Jarratt. IO, son of Mr. and Mrs Donald R. Pitts of Zipp Lane is one of 2 members of the Junior Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department For Christmas C D. Mills gave Franklin fireman boots. The junior members meet with the firefighters and drill on Tuesday
Pleasant weather was in store for most of Texas today Forecasts called for partly cloudy skies over most of the state and pleasant weather today.
Football fans are having no problems with Ute weather at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas with mostly sunny skies and slightly cooler temperatures. Highs are expected to reach into the mid 50s and there was no mention of rain.
Mostly sunny skies were forecast statewide today. Highs will be in the 40s over portions of West Texas, the lower 60s in South Texas.
nights, part of their duties are to serve the firefighters tea or coffee and help clean up a.d maintain the equipment. The boys really enjoy the activities.
End of the year stats for the Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department ere: Total alarms • 34; Mobile home fires • 5; other structures • 7; grass fires • 13; car fires • 2; smoke ■cares - 3; trash fires - 3; medical emergencies -1. Alarms attributed to fireworks • 6; fires still under investigation-4. Hours spent training. 1,056 manhours. 487 manhours were spent at alarms, and 229 manhours spend investigating fires. Eight men were certified during the year, and 3 minor injuries were incurred. There was one minor accident involving equipment. 1988 was a very busy year for a very small volunteer fire department.
Fishing was pretty good, even tor the holiday season. But next weak I expect it to be even better. Call me with your fish stories, 8264144 or 567-8730.
RICHARDSON (AP) - Most people can’t wait to retire, but when 70-year-old J. “Pete” Morrison finally did, he took up what some would consider back-breaking work.
“Five years ago when I retired, my son said’dad, people who retire don’t live long’ so, I started collecting aluminum cans to stay in shape,” said the longtime Richardson resident.
However, the daily bending over and occasional foray into area dumpsters to retrieve discarded cane hasn’t put a physical strain on Morrison.
”1 was a custodian with the Richardson Independent School District for 21 years before I retired; I worked inside and out so this work hasn’t bothered me.”
Morrison credits his moneymaking can-collecting hobby with keeping in “good physical shape’’ and even helping him live longer.
"Everytime someone asks me why I do it I tell them what my eon told me. I think it has kept me alive and healthy because I haven’t needed to go to the doctor for anything.”
Aside from the exercise, Morrison’s hobby keeps a steady flow of money coming into his houahold, albeit he stressed he doesn’t collect cans for economic reasons.
“I’m U.S. Army retired; I served during World War ll and I’m drawing three pensions so I don’t do It for the
money, like I said, I do it for the exercise.”
Morrison said a surprising facet of hie hobby is that he always finds interesting items, valuable posif lorn and even money in the trash dumpsters he scours.
“You’d be surprised all the money and things I find In die dumpsters. But my wife always tells me not to bring nothing home from the dumpsters end I toll her’what do you want me to do. bury It?”’
Hie one-car garage is filled to the top with industrial-type trash bins, 29-gallon garbage bags and cardboard boxes brimming over with empty beer and soda cane that could produce a jackpots he’d get rid of it all et once.
But the spry veteran prefers to take the cans in on a piecemeal basis because it keeps him occupied.
He turns the aluminum commodities in at a local recycling canter about five garbage bags at a time and when he does, ifs almost always through sporadic trips.
“I don’t know how many cans I have In hero. I don’t turn them In at any particular time of the month, I Just take them in whenever I get so many I can’t get through." ba said et thousands of cans In his
His exploits take him almost daily to all parts of Richardson as he combs the streets, alleyways and
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business dumpsters in search of cans that he’ll take back to his garage to crush.
“I made this-masher because I figured out that lf you mad) them it takes about one load to takd dhem in (recycling cantab) lf you don’t mash them it takes about throe loads,” Morrison said pointing to e long woo’en instrument nailed to a table inside his garage.
After the mashing turns the cane into an aluminum mass, he hauls them of f In his station wagon to collect what he said is only a few dollars.
Morrison has become such a common sight at area busineesas and >y»ighhnyhn«vtg that several residents have become involved in his hobby.
“When I started I’d just go along and see a can and pick It up, but now, some people bring them to me and some people call and tell me where to find them.”
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